Christian whipped for selling sharia-banned booze
France Presse January 19, 2018
An Indonesian Christian
was publicly flogged on Friday for selling alcohol in conservative Aceh
province, a violation of Islamic law, as a crowd of onlookers including
puts more starch in his ranks
Times January 19, 2018
What was billed as a Cabinet
reshuffle turned out to be little more than a riffle, but in replacing
his chief of staff with a retired military commander Indonesian President
Joko Widodo is clearly inserting some starch into the ranks ahead of legislative
and presidential elections in 2019.
rough face of Indonesian tourism development
Times January 19, 2018
Tourism is a priority of
Indonesian President Joko Widodo. He has built a lot of infrastructure
for it. He has created a friendly policy toward investors. He has also
conducted a friendly policy toward foreign tourists but he has often
forgotten his own people.
rapid rise of censorship in Southeast Asia
Diplomat January 19, 2018
The number of blocked sites,
as documented by independent internet monitors, is on the rise in nearly
every Southeast Asian nation, part of a wider downturn in freedom of information
across the region.
reshuffles cabinet with eye on 2019 presidential contest
Asian Review January 17, 2018
Indonesian President Joko
Widodo reshuffled his cabinet on Wednesday, his third such change since
taking office in October 2014, roping in senior members of his coalition
and the military, in a move seen as an attempt to consolidate his support
ahead of the presidential election in 2019.
Nyalla denies he was asked for political dowry by Prabowo
January 17, 2018
The former chairman of the
East Java Chamber of Commerce and Industry La Nyalla Mattalitti denies
saying that the Gerindra Party Chairman Prabowo Subianto had extorted him.
He blames the media for inventing the phrase.
biggest hoax of all: the 30 September Movement
at Melbourne January 16, 2018
Many Indonesians are worried
about the damage that hoaxes and disinformation are causing to social cohesion
in the country.
saw fewer religious freedom violations in 2017: Report
Globe January 16, 2018
Violations of religious
freedom declined in Indonesia last year, indicating that the country's
efforts to promote tolerance are starting to pay off, the Setara Institute
said on Monday (15/01).
gets 1.5 years for insulting president and police chief on Facebook
Jakarta January 16, 2018
Concerns that the Indonesian
government will keep using the country's draconian Information and Electronic
Transactions Act (UU ITE) to silence critics seem unlikely to be addressed
this year as there have already been two questionable convictions under
the law in just the first few weeks of 2018.
foreign debt stands at $347.3b, 34% of GDP
Post January 16, 2018
Indonesia's foreign debt
stood at US$347.3 billion in November last year, growing by 9.1 percent
year-on-year (yoy), according to Bank Indonesia's (BI) report.
arrest 5 men for holding 'gay sex party' in private villa using pornography
Jakarta January 15, 2018
While LGBT and human rights
defenders in Indonesia celebrate a small victory in December, when the
Constitutional Court rejected a petition that would've made homosexual
acts illegal, recent arrests show that Indonesian authorities do not need
a clear legal basis to justify criminalizing homosexuality.
Islamic hardliners plan further action against Facebook following anti-climactic
Jakarta January 15, 2018
Last Friday's protest by
Islamic hardliner groups under the coalition name "Alliance Against Facebook's
Wickedness" came to a rather awkward and anti-climactic conclusion as the
social media giant's Jakarta HQ was closed for the day, meaning the protesters'
demands fell on deaf ears.
rice prices bring no benefits, farmers association says
Post January 15, 2018
Several farmers have said
they have not gained from the current high rice prices, claiming an increase
in prices was caused by speculation by traders who have stockpiled the
oil association urges gov't to revive Suharto-era transmigration program
Globe January 14, 2018
The Indonesian Palm Oil
Association, or Gapki, urged the government to revive its now defunct transmigration
program, first implemented under former President Suharto, to empower rural
farmers and enrich palm oil producing regions.
Timor's minority government could fall within days
Morning Herald January 14, 2018
Only four months after taking
office East Timor's minority government is set to fall, possibly within
days, amid tense political manoeuvrings in Australia's nearest north-western
'anti-communism' law used against environmental activist
Rights Watch Dispatches January 12, 2018
Indonesian prosecutors are
seeking a seven-year prison sentence for an environmental activist for
allegedly raising pro-communist banners while peacefully protesting pollution
linked to a local gold mine.
to criminalize extra-marital sex in Indonesia fails
Diplomat January 12, 2018
Human rights activists in
Indonesia have gained a brief respite after the Constitutional Court on
December 14 narrowly rejected a petition to alter the criminal code to
make extra-marital and homosexual sex illegal.
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